Reading's treatment room has been a fairly busy place of late and sadly that trend is only set to continue, as we head into the final 10 games of the season. Manager Jaap Stam has given a quick injury update ahead of Saturday's trip to face Preston and it's good news and bad.
Chief among the worries is defender Liam Moore, who was forced off early in the second-half last night against Newcastle. Speaking to the Wokingham Paper's Tom Crocker, Stam gave the following update.
"He's got a problem with his hamstring. He has been very important throughout the season defensively, he has been a rock. It’s a shame that he’s out. Wednesday we need to have a look how bad the injury is and then we can say OK, what are we going to do."
Fingers crossed it's nothing more than a slight strain. Fellow journo Courtney James seemed to grab a word with Moore and he was more optimistic.
Liam Moore hopes injury isn't too bad but will have to wait until tomorrow to find out the extent. Didn't want to come off #readingfc— Courtney James (@cfriday1992) March 7, 2017
Elsewhere and Liam Kelly was also substituted last night, with Jaap confirming he's also dealing with some hamstring troubles.
Stam went on to give the WP a quick update on the fitness of some more long-term absentees,
Reece (Oxford) joined the group this week. He’s only had one training session so we need to look at him over the next couple of days. Callum Harriott is still out, Stephen Quinn is still out, Tiago Ilori is still out with a knee injury.
Deniss (Rakels) played yesterday. Yakou Meite played one half and Joseph Mendes as well so they are all available to take in the squad to Preston.
So plenty to mull over heading into the weekend. We'll bring you anymore updates as we hear them.